PSG Fortune favours brave Zidane but PSG’s latest collapse puts Emery’s job at risk Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(34) Getty PSG UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid Zinédine Zidane Opinion The Frenchman saw his side prevail after some positive changes late on, while his PSG counterpart was left complaining about the match officials This is a tie in which so much is at stake. With both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain playing for their season in the Champions League, it is difficult to see how both coaches can survive losing this last-16 series. After the first leg, it is advantage Zinedine Zidane.Despite poor results in La Liga and the Copa del Rey this term, as well as all the pressure that comes with coaching Real, Zidane was his usual charismatic, calm and smiley self in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. PSG’s Unai Emery, by contrast, looked tired, stressed and haggard as he faced the Madrid media.It is often said that teams are a reflection of their coaches and perhaps that explains why Zidane has been so successful at Real. He has an aura about him, is always positive and seems to transmit tranquility to his players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The same cannot be said of Emery. The Basque boss is an anxious presence on the touchline, a coach who rarely sits still and one who does not emanate the same serenity when he addresses the press. Players pick up on all of that.Emery is a top tactician, of course, but he has a notoriously poor record in meetings with Madrid and Barcelona, his case hardly helped by last season’s collapse against the Blaugrana at this same stage of the Champions League, losing 6-1 at Camp Nou after he had masterminded a fantastic 4-0 win in Paris.In this match, he surprised by dropping Thiago Silva in defence, while Angel Di Maria – who has impressed for the French league leaders this season – was left out for the entire 90 minutes.Youngster Giovani Lo Celso started in another shock move, the Argentine leaving his hands all over Toni Kroos and conceding the penalty that allowed Madrid a route back into the match when there appeared not to be one. Emery’s changes did not exactly work out either. Thomas Meunier caused a few problems for Madrid down the right, but was taking off the club’s all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani really the correct call?Later, Julian Draxler came on, the German only given six minutes to impress as he replaced Lo Celso; enough time to witness Madrid’s third of the night, but little else.Hindsight is always great when it comes to analysing matches, but PSG appeared to look far too often to Neymar for inspiration. The Brazilian shared no passes at all with Cavani, the Uruguayan himself also failing to combine once with Kylian Mbappe. That, surely, is not how Europe’s most-feared trident is supposed to operate.Lo Celso was a gamble that did not pay off and his clumsy challenge cost PSG dear. Why Emery did not call upon Di Maria or Draxler sooner, only he will know, but the former Sevilla coach was left complaining about the match officials.”A debatable referee call opened the possibility of a comeback,” he said. “I’ve been told there could have been a handball by Ramos. I didn’t see it but they suggested it was. If you give the first one, the second one is too. It’s your job and if it’s a penalty, you have to blow for it.”It’s not a question of justification. I think we could have come back if the refereeing decisions don’t go the other way.”Goalscorer Adrien Rabiot was less inclined to make excuses. “I am disappointed,” he said. “We started by producing the match that we needed to. We always say the same things, we always do the same things, and in the end, we are always floored in the same way.”Such words will not go unnoticed with the PSG hierarchy and although president Nasser Al-Khelaifi complained about the officials, he will also want a coach who can win through adversity.Emery, having survived a disappointing second-placed finish in Ligue 1 last year plus humiliation against Barcelona, will be unlikely to remain in charge this time unless the Parisians can turn this tie around at the Parc des Princes.Such a prospect is not impossible for a side that has netted 127 goals already this season – more than any other side in Europe. However, Madrid are now clear favourites and, for that, Zidane must take some of the credit.The Frenchman hauled off the ineffectual Karim Benzema, replacing the French forward with Gareth Bale with just over 20 minutes left. However, it was the introduction of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez for Casemiro and Isco, respectively, that really made the difference.After one Lucas run on the right, Asensio attacked down the left flank and set up Ronaldo for Real’s second, the Spain midfielder then crossing for Marcelo to fire a deflected effort in for 3-1.The extra energy and verve made the difference and Madrid ended the night with an outcome they could barely have conceived even a few minutes earlier.”It is a deserved victory after everything we have worked on,” Zidane said. “It was a team effort and we have to be very happy. But we know we will have to suffer again in three weeks’ time.”So, Zidane lives on, at least for now, although he will have to take Madrid deep into this competition – and maybe even win it again – to keep his job in the summer.The same goes for Emery at PSG, of course, meaning the Spaniard will need to start putting together a more positive plan for success in the second leg on March 6.Because only one of these two coaches can survive losing this tie – and right now that looks like Zizou .
Transfers Martial to move on? Man Utd outcast may look for summer switch, says Ginola Chris Burton 15:52 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Anthony Martial Premier League The former France international has seen a fellow countryman slip out of favour at Old Trafford, leading to him missing out on a World Cup spot Antony Martial may “search for another club” this summer, says David Ginola, with a lack of game time at Manchester United stunting his progress.While considered to be an exciting talent and still held in the highest regard by clubs across Europe, the 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at OId Trafford.Jose Mourinho has taken to favouring other options, with Martial’s lack of game time leading to him missing out on a place in France’s squad for World Cup 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Former Les Bleus star Ginola feels the highly-rated forward is now approaching an important career crossroads, with it up to him to determine whether his development is best served at United or elsewhere.The ex-Tottenham winger said in the Daily Mirror after seeing Martial given 17 minutes off the bench in a 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea: “The main reason Anthony Martial is not in the squad is that you need to be a regular in your club before becoming a regular in your national team.”[Didier] Deschamps has so many options and choices – strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who have been consistently good for France – that it’s not as if he has to be in there if he’s not playing.”Players like Martial need to play and score goals for the confidence, they need to be a regular.”If he is not a regular at Manchester United he will probably search for another club and find one if he wants to.”But I think Manchester United is a great club for him and it’s up to him to give more in training and in games.”If Jose Mourinho doesn’t play him more regularly he probably thinks it’s because he doesn’t give his best all the time.”I don’t see a manager like Mourinho not playing a player who can make him win games. It doesn’t work like that.”Amid the uncertainty surrounding his future, with Goal revealing that he has been opened up to offers, Martial has been heavily linked with teams across Europe.Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keen on raiding a domestic rival for a powerful frontman, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are among those ready to offer an escape route from England.
Transfers Verratti to Arsenal? PSG enforcer boasts ‘nastiness’ Emery needs, claims Keown Chris Burton 22:40 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Gettyimages Transfers Arsenal PSG Ligue 1 Premier League The ex-Gunners defender believes that the new man in charge at Emirates Stadium should be looking to add steel to his side during the summer window Unai Emery needs to bring “nastiness” to Arsenal, says Martin Keown, who says that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti would be a perfect signing.The new man in charge at Emirates Stadium knows all about the Italy international after serving two-year stint at Parc des Princes.Verratti did not always deliver on his potential during Emery’s time in the French capital, but the 25-year-old is still considered to be one of the finest enforcers in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It has been suggested that he could be lured away from PSG if the right offer is tabled and Keown believes it is players of that ilk which Arsenal need to be adding to their summer shopping list.The former Gunners defender told the Daily Mail on the changes being made in north London: “To expect that Emery will transform this team into champions overnight is unrealistic.“Arsenal has been run Arsene Wenger’s way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce.“Emery inherits a side that can do damage in the final third but lacks a steeliness and a nastiness, particularly away from home. If he can restore these ingredients, then Arsenal can at least challenge in the Premier League.“The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap.“Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.”Arsenal turned to Emery as Wenger’s successor after looking for a long time as though they would pass the managerial baton to former captain Mikel Arteta.The Spaniard was eventually overlooked, along with a number of other fan favourites from years gone by, and Keown believes the Gunners have made the right call in avoiding an emotional appointment fuelled by nostalgia.He added: “I would love to see a former Arsenal player in charge but appointing Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta would have been a huge leap of faith given neither has managed in Europe.“[Ivan] Gazidis was also impressed by Emery’s analysis of every player and I am intrigued to see how he tries to cure Arsenal’s defensive ills.”
Welcome to the post-Easter addition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Well, taking a break from delving my way through the mountain loads of chocolate I received over Easter, we’re back for another edition of 60 seconds in Touch. (If only writing this burnt off what I’m eating, I’d have no problems.) With the long weekend bringing too many tragedies on the road, I hope that everyone within our sport has had a safe and happy weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. * The Senior sides have been chosen and the letters of offer sent out…the phone is already ringing hot with acceptances and deposits due by April 20th, the sides will be announced on the ATA website on April 29th so make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening via the ATA website. * Congratulations to ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle and boyfriend Duncan Grant, who have just announced their engagement! Stay tuned for an October wedding! * NSW Touch have bid farewell to Matt Kenny who has resigned from the role of Northern NSW Development Officer. Jarrat Wood has been given the position and ATA would also like to offer their thanks to Matt for the work he has put in and wish Jarrat luck in his position. Development Officers Australia-wide work long and hard hours for the sport, often without recognition and reward. Thank you to all! * There’s a new poll on the ATA website, launched this morning and asking what you think was the most memorable team performance from the 2005 NTL. There are 5 different options, could easily be more in what was the most hotly contested NTL ever, but the poll is limited to five possible answers! Make sure you check it out and get your vote in for your favourite. * The Queensland 2005 Country Cup has been postponed due to teams and officials being unavailable following events such as NTL and the Easter break, in addition the drought is playing havoc with the fields. The event will be held in September/October at a date to be advised. * The 2005 Victorian Touch Team Titles at Stephenson Reserve, Sale (April 2 & 3), are now just a couple weeks away. Interest is mounting for what promises to be another fantastic weekend of Touch footy and socializing hosted by Sale Touch Association. The VTA website has all the info for anyone interested in the event. * For a complete list of where all sides finished at the 2005 NTL and all award winners for both players and referees, check out the following story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1173&det=1 For a complete list of all the player and referee awards for 2005, check out this story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1174&det=1 * ATA is launching a new online newsletter, run by Lisa Plummer and Rachel Moyle, we’re looking for a name! There’s a $50 merchandise voucher up for grabs, make sure you think of a name and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org * The ATA is calling for nominations for the National Referees Panel, the nomination form is found on the ATA website, with nominations due in by the 13th April. You will find the form on the ATA website from this afternoon. * Remember if you need any help with media or stories written for your local press, please contact Rachel Moyle email@example.com
Day one commenced without any major upsets early, with the favourites starting off well. In the 18’s Girls, QSST beat the Sunshine Coast 10-1, while the 2nd ranked Southern Suns defeated North Queensland 9-3. 3rd seeds SQBD Sharks were also victorious in the first round of 20’s Boys beating Victoria 12-7. Sharks kicked off their campaign in impressive style, beating Northern Territory 14-2 in the 18’s Boys division. Under 18’s Boys top seeds Sydney Mets were challenged in their 10.50am game, winning 4-2 against the 12th seeded Western Tigers. The Mets 18 Girls did it a bit easier, beating Tasmania 11-0. North Queensland nearly caused an upset against NSWCHS in the 18’s Boys, losing by one try. 6th seeds Hornets were too good for the Northern Eagles in the 20’s Boys, winning 10-3 and ACT beat the Sunshine Coast 12-8 in a high scoring affair.The 20’s Mets and Scorpions teams met in a local derby at 11.40am, with the Mets easily accounting for the Scorpions 9-2. Other winners included the Cobra’s over the Rebels and the Sharks over the Scorpions in the 20’s girls. In the 18’s Boys, Sharks beat the Scorpions in the 20’s Girls and the 14th seed Northern Eagles caused an upset by beating the 3rd ranked Cobras side 4-0.Suns 20’s Girls kicked off their campaign in style beating West Tigers 10-2 and Mets beat Sunshine Coast 10-0. Local hopes Northern Eagles had an easy win over Victoria 8-1 in the 20’s girls, as did NSWCHS over Northern Territory in the 18’s Girls division.Suns 20’s Boys beat Victoria 7-1 and the SQBD Sharks beat the Northern Eagles 10-3.QSST easily accounted for Mets 14-0 in the 18’s boys as did 16th seeds North Queensland, who beat 3rd seeds Cobras 10-4 in an upset. 2nd seed in the 20’s Girls, the Cobras, were too good for Scorpions winning 12-0, with Sunshine Coast beating ACT in similar fashion. Late in the day, NSWCHS beat South Australia convincingly, as did QSST against Mets, winning 16-0 in the 18’s Girls division. 1st seed Suns also did it easy against Victoria in the 20’s girls and the 6th placed Mets won a close one against the 7th ranked Rebels in the same division.To watch day one footage: www.austouch.com.au/index.php?id=865
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone: Real Madrid improving a lotby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes they face an in-form Real Madrid today.In typical Cholo fashion, the Argentine shunned questions about either off-field or non-footballing matters.”I think that Real Madrid have very good players and when they take advantage of the spaces they are tough to defend against,” he responded, despite the question being on what he thought of Barcelona’s 300-euro fine for approaching Antoine Griezmann before his transfer to the club.”Bale is growing, Benzema is in fine form and Hazard has great qualities,” he added, independently of the initial question.Asked who were favourites, Simeone felt that there was very little in it, though he did note Madrid’s recent improvement.”These types of matches are tight and are defined by details which sway the game to one side or another.”Real Madrid improved a lot in Seville, and continued in that way against Osasuna even when they made changes. I imagine they will continue on that path,” he stated.
Wales coach Ryan Giggs: Man Utd must keep buyingby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales coach Ryan Giggs says Manchester United need FIVE new players to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s under-fire side have won just five of their last 22 matches, and are winless in ten away games, ahead of today’s crunch Prem clash at Newcastle.Giggs told The Sun: “I see what Ole is doing and I support that. He’s brought in three players but he probably needs seven or eight.”So he needs another four or five. But you can’t do that over one transfer window, so you have to be patient because it will be slow.“What he is trying to do was much needed. He needs time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”.
IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?
Up to this point, conference realignment has largely been about the expansion of the leagues’ footprints and adding games available to sell to broadcast partners. Even with possible movement in the Big 12, most believe that there will be around 64-68 schools divided up between four or five power conferences at the end of the day, with the rest of the FBS on the outside looking in.FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel thinks things will take an even more drastic change, with the sport’s upper crust eventually setting itself apart in an even more meaningful way. This morning, he published a post, framing what he believes the college football world will look like in 10 years. Rather than the four or five power conferences that we are now accustomed to, Mandel sees the top 24 schools in the sport joining together to create their own four-division “conference” that will eventually decide the four teams that make up the College Football Playoff. Rather than further expansion, he expects a “consolidation of power” in the sport.What will college football realignment look like in 10 years? Think consolidation, not expansion. Story: https://t.co/ErD34sFUVD— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 16, 2016 Here is how Mandel lays things out: His explanation: with the ongoing shift in how people consume television and live events, maximizing the number of big-name matchups to draw the biggest audiences every week will be the new goal of the sport.Whereas the last round of realignment was driven by inventory — bundle together as many schools from as many markets as possible to command the highest possible subscriber fees — the next round will be more about content. Put on the biggest possible games to garner the largest possible audience because the viewers themselves will become the buyers rather than Comcast or Time Warner.This is certainly different than what we usually see in college football realignment projection columns, and there is plenty of logic behind a lot of this. Whether these schools would actually ditch the majority of their leagues to make this happen is a huge question, but it is definitely not outside the realm of possibility.[FOX Sports]
Napoli have shown support for Kalidou Koulibaly by wearing masks during Saturday’s clash with Bologna after he was subjected to discriminatory abuse.The 27-year-old, born in France to Senegalese parents, was allegedly subjected to monkey chants throughout his side’s 1-0 loss to Inter in midweek.Koulibaly was sent off in the game, as he was first booked for a foul and then given a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding the referee. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? His manager, Carlo Ancelotti, defended his centre-back afterwards, however, insisting that the club asked for the game to be suspended three times due to the abuse aimed at Koulibaly, leading to announcements over the PA system.Inter will now play two home league games behind closed doors as punishment , though they have yet to decide whether to launch an appeal.The Italian also made it clear that he would have no hesitation in telling his team to abandon a match if it were to happen again. Non importa il colore della pelle.Non importa la religione.Non importa per quale squadra fai il tifo. Il calcio, come tutti gli sport, é un gioco. E tutti i giochi sono passione, divertimento, libertà: e nella libertà siamo tutti uguali!Domani saremo tutti Koulibaly! pic.twitter.com/qrZrNZ9Ypn — ghoulam faouzi (@GhoulamFaouzi) December 28, 2018 “Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it,” he said.And fans have now shown their solidarity with Koulibaly, with a supporters group handing out masks with Koulibaly’s face on, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.Posters with the message’ siamo tutti Koulibaly’ – which tranlates to ‘we are all Koulibaly’ – were also visible at the Stadio San Paolo.Koulibaly’s team-mate Faouzi Ghoulam showed his support through Twitter prior to the game, posting a picture of himself wearing the mask, along with the message: “It does not matter the colour of skin. It does not matter religion. It does not matter which team you cheer for.”Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion. Fun, freedom and in freedom we are all the same. Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!”Supporters previously donned Koulibaly masks in 2016 after Lazio fans subjected the defender to racial abuse. The chants led to the game being stopped for three minutes in the second half.
Twitter/@11WJoe Mixon exploded for a huge touchdown, but the Oklahoma player drops ball before scoring on a 97-yard kickoff return. The refs missed what should have been a touchback.Just moments after Ohio State scored on a 68-yard pick-six by Jerome Baker, running back Joe Mixon broke the ensuing kickoff for a 97-yard return touchdown. There aren’t many players that can leave an entire Buckeye roster in the dust. Mixon is one of them.#Sooners with a quick response on the kickoff! @Joe_MainMixon 97 yard return. 14-7 #Buckeyes #OUvsOSU @RedditCFB pic.twitter.com/sPSpnxXfrx— Tyler Birschbach (@tylerbirsch) September 18, 2016A closer look, however, reveals that Mixon actually dropped the football before crossing the goal line.Unbelievable missed call here, Joe Mixon dropped the ball before he got into the end zone https://t.co/GPvJ1vUCON— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 18, 2016Yeah, maybe that wasn’t a touchdown. pic.twitter.com/DcY85eAlo1— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 18, 2016As we’ve seen multiple times already this season, most notably Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud last week, that should be a touchback. Of course, the refs didn’t catch it, and the huge touchdown stands. This is a huge response to Baker’s pick-six, which set off a litany of “basic defense” taunts in the direction back-up Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall. The freshman said that the Buckeyes’ unit was “basic,” and that Mayfield would “light them up” in the game.So far, J.T. Barrett has had the better of Mayfield. The Sooners signal caller is 4-of-10 for 56 yards and the pick, while Barrett is 3-of-6 for 16 yards and a nice fade throw to Noah Brown for a score. He also has 34 yards on the ground.Oklahoma is in the game, but is very lucky to be, because Mixon’s touchdown could have easily been overturned. College football players. Please. Stop dropping the ball before the goal line. There is literally no excuse for this.
Steph Houghton missed a controversial late penalty as holders the United States beat England 2-1 to reach a third successive Women’s World Cup final, despite missing inspirational co-captain Megan Rapinoe.The Lionesses had the opportunity to at least force extra-time with an 84th-minute spot-kick, but Houghton’s poor effort was saved and Millie Bright saw red late on as USA held on to ensure their title defence goes to the final stage.Rapinoe’s absence, said to be due to a hamstring issue, provided a pre-match shock, but Christen Press made a swift impact as her replacement when heading in the opener, before Ellen White’s equaliser was cancelled out by Morgan nodding in just past the half-hour mark on her birthday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare England produced a good response in the second half and White had a second goal ruled out for straying marginally offside, before Alyssa Naeher easily saved Houghton’s penalty and a frustrated Bright earned a second booking, providing a disappointing end for Phil Neville’s side.4 – England have taken more penalties (4) and missed more penalties (3) than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Pressure. #FIFAWWC #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/QJEVqXXxvW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 2, 2019 A breathless start resulted in USA opening the scoring early, with Press meeting Kelley O’Hara’s deep cross with a fine header into the top-left corner.But England – who had looked overwhelmed – levelled nine minutes later, White expertly guiding Beth Mead’s left-wing cross into the top-right corner with a first-time effort.Morgan ensured USA went into the break ahead, however, racing on to Lindsey Horan’s lofted pass and glancing a header beyond Carly Telford, before appearing to mock England in her celebration, as she pretended to sip from a cup of tea.The Lionesses improved after the break and thought they had the equaliser 23 minutes from time as White converted after Jill Scott’s gorgeous flicked pass, but a VAR review deemed the striker to have been just offside.Another VAR referral nine minutes from time gave England a penalty after Becky Sauerbrunn was deemed to have fouled White with the goal at her mercy, but Houghton’s feeble effort, taken a full three minutes later, was easily saved.Bright then showed her annoyance with a strong tackle on Morgan that earned her a second yellow card, and USA subsequently finished the job. KEY OPTA FACTS- USA have won their past 11 matches at the Women’s World Cup, the best winning streak in the tournament’s history.- USA are the first side in Women’s World Cup history to reach the final in three successive editions, making their record fifth appearance in total.- England have taken (four) and missed (three) more penalties than any other side at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.- White is the first English player in history to score in five consecutive World Cup appearances.- White has scored six goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. No English player has scored more goals than her in a single World Cup tournament (Harry Kane – six in 2018 and Gary Lineker – six in 1986). read more
Ian Holloway claims that the European Union is to blame for the controversial new handball rule in the Premier League.The former Crystal Palace and Blackpool manager made the bizarre claim following Gabriel Jesus’ last-minute goal in the 2-2 draw with Spurs last weekend.The Brazilian striker thought he had scored the winner in the dying minutes of Saturday’s match at the Etihad, only for VAR to rule out the goal after team-mate Aymeric Laporte was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Holloway believes that Britain must leave the EU as soon as possible to avoid further similar decisions.“For me it doesn’t make sense, the handball rule,’ Holloway said on Sky Sports’ The Debate. “If it’s not handball for both, how can you assess that?”And to be fair, is that clear and obvious? They forgot the most important thing of all.”Their job is to not re-referee the game but to be clear and obvious, so I don’t think that’s our boys making up that new change of law.”I think that’s people telling us what we need to do with our game, now they should stop doing that.”With Britain set to leave the European Union in late October, the former QPR manager believes the decision will have a positive impact on the English Premier League.”I hope we get out, Brexit, because that’s what people are voting for and sort that out because you cannot have someone telling us how to do our own game.”The controversial International FA Board rules now mean that a goal can be disallowed if a player handles the ball resulting in an assist, regardless of whether or not there was any intention to do so.The rules have been met by huge criticism from fans throughout the league, with VAR also under heavy scrutiny.City had taken the lead after just 20 minutes through Raheem Sterling’s opener, only for Erik Lamela to equalise three minutes later. Sergio Aguero made it 2-1 to the home side soon after, with Lucas Moura levelling the scores early in the second half.And it was his fellow Brazilian Jesus who found the net in added time, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR.The situation brought back bad memories for Man City, who were on the wrong end of a VAR decision earlier this year in their Champions League quarter-final meeting with Spurs, where Sterling’s injury-time winner was correctly cancelled out due to an Aguero offside. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)College football insider Bruce Feldman appeared on FOX Sports 1 this afternoon to discuss some of the major storylines entering the 2018 season. Of course, he talked about Urban Meyer and his future with the Ohio State program.Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ohio State is investigating how he handled domestic violence accusations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith.OSU issued a two-week timetable for its investigation on Sunday, Aug. 5. We are approaching the end of that timeline.Feldman said on FOX Sports 1 today that there’s an “increasing chance” Meyer retains his job as Ohio State’s head coach based on what he’s hearing from those around the situation.Here are his full comments, transcribed by 247Sports:“The deadline that the investigation was set for should be this Sunday,” Feldman said. “It should be anytime within the next 96 hours, and we’re expecting to find out what they have determined from their investigation into whether Urban Meyer did in fact follow the protocols and procedures that he said he did when he issued that statement from his own personal Twitter account about two weeks ago (Aug. 3).“I think, from talking to people around this situation – not anyone that is investigating this – but people around the situation – there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer retains his job.“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Look, did he do the right thing?’ Technically, he did. Now, part of the investigation is to find out what did he know and when did he know about it, and then what did he do about it?“And I think some of this stuff that has been swirling around the Urban Meyer/Ohio State investigation that has been related to Zach Smith, publicity-wise, it didn’t help that the Toledo Blade unearthed a DUI from 2013 involving Zach Smith. It’s just one more thing that I think people will say, if Urban keeps his job or not, but if he keeps his job, ‘What is the reason you kept him on? And then what exactly was it that you determined that’s why you fired him?’“Now, we don’t know a lot of the particulars of that. We don’t know if when they confronted Zach Smith about it, was he untruthful about it? Did they catch him in lies? Is that was changed the night before Big Ten media days (July 23) when this all really blew up (and when Smith was fired)? We don’t know a lot of that.“And hopefully when this investigation is concluded, we will get some measure of transparency and find out, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions.””There’s a lot of people who feel like there is an increasing chance that Urban Meyer is going to retain his job.”@BruceFeldmanCFB with the latest on Ohio State’s investigation into Meyer pic.twitter.com/fjkzeq2rfl— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 16, 2018Ohio State’s program, meanwhile, is being led by interim coach Ryan Day. The Buckeyes open the season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.[Bucknuts]
EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State extended its winning streak against The Team Up North to seven games after a dominant performance. The Buckeyes used an impressive defensive effort and exploded offensively en route to a 62-39 win.After the game, a photo of Jim Harbaugh awaiting his post game press conference hit the airwaves. Clearly distraught and contemplative after the blowout loss, Harbaugh looks absolutely dejected.This photo surfaced much to the delight Ohio State fans everywhere.Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/s2U5jC7q0h— angelique (@chengelis) November 24, 2018Harbaugh hasn’t been able to find an answer for Ohio State during his first four seasons with the Wolverines.It’s a tough loss for Harbaugh and the Wolverines, who entered the game as a 4.5-point favorite. Another loss for Michigan at the hands of Ohio State moves the Wolverines to 10-2 on the season and in position for a solid bowl game.However, after sitting at No. 4 in the nation, anything other than a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth feels like a disappointment.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first half against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs are welcoming all competition. UGA football made big news today, scheduling ACC powers Clemson and Florida State down the road.The Dawgs and Tigers will renew their rivalry in 2032 in Athens, with a return game at Death Valley the following year. That adds to the two previously-scheduled games in 2029 and 2030.The two sides have faced off 64 times, with the last series being played in 2013 and 2014. Georgia owns a heavy advantage, though of course, the Tigers are a much different program now than they’ve ever been.The series with FSU comes in 2027 and 2028, with the ‘Noles hosting the first leg.Why the crazy scheduling? Kirby Smart made it known that he wants his Georgia football program challenged.Athletic director Greg McGarity said as much in a discussion with DawgNation.com:UGA athletics director Greg McGarity told AJC-DawgNation on Tuesday that “We’re not done yet” where adding marquee opponents to future schedules is concerned.[…]“Kirby is very eager to play a schedule that challenges our team,” McGarity said. “I think we’ve done a very good job of that over the years, scheduling two non-conference Power 5 opponents per season.”Smart’s message is clearly received. Hopefully, for Georgia fans’ sake, Smart is still in Athens and has the program on this same trajectory as they are on now.Georgia already has its long-term annual game with Georgia Tech locked in for the foreseeable future, as well as games against Notre Dame (2019), Virginia (2020), Oregon (2022), UCLA (2025-26), and Texas (2028-29). there are plenty of exciting opponents on the horizon for the Dawgs.[DawgNation.com]
TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes watches from the sidelines during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Iowa football is working without a full coaching staff. Kirk Ferentz sees that changing soon.Defensive line coach Reese Morgan announced his retirement just ahead of spring practice. Morgan says he made the call to focus on his family, after 19 years on staff in Iowa City.Kevin Bell moved from recruiting coordinator to coach the defensive line. However, the new hire is expected to focus on the same position, and assist Bell there.Kirk Ferentz says that he plans to “get things rolling” on his new assistant coaching hire this week.From HawkCentral:“(The wait) has allowed us some time to think about what we’re looking for, in terms of naming another assistant,” Ferentz said. “I think we’re far enough down the road where we have a good idea of what it is we’re looking for, specifically. We’ll start the process sometime this week and get things rolling.”With Kelvin Bell going from recruiting coordinator to head defensive line coach, that leaves open some recruiting duties that the staff has decided will be spread evenly. Here’s how it’ll work: The new assistant will assist Bell on the defensive line and handle in-season recruiting evaluations on defense. Running backs coach Derrick Foster will handle in-season evaluations on offense.It sounds like that will probably come after the end of spring. The Hawkeyes have two weeks left of the practice period.